Both of the new openers showed some box office muscle on Wednesday, their opening days. On Wednesday, Pineapple Express launched to an impressive $12.1 million from 3,072 theaters. This means that the stoner comedy now has a clear path to the number one spot through the entire weekend. Thursday will likely add an additional $8 million. The Friday-to-Sunday period should yield about $38 million for a massive five day opening of $58 million. This will be the largest debut ever for an ‘R’-rated Apatow comedy and one of the largest starts ever for any ‘R’-rated comedy.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 wasn’t too shabby itself. The girl-powered feature opened to a great $5.7 million on Wednesday. That’s nearly triple the opening day take from the first Sisterhood, which also opened on a Wednesday in 2005. Sisterhood 2 will likely drop to just under $4 million on Thursday and then $16 million over the weekend for a solid five day amount of $25 million, more than 80% higher than the first five days from its predecessor.
Strong debuts from the two new films pushed The Dark Knight into third place, but the film only fell 10% from Tuesday. The $5.1 million Wednesday take ups the Bat’s total to $410.8 million. It will reclaim the number two spot on Thursday, but it won’t be able to catch the Pineapple Express over the weekend. Still, Knight is on target to add an additional $28-$30 million over the weekend.
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Box Office Data Source: The Numbers